San Lorenzo Express News

Four Young Men Killed in Gunfire on Streets

APRIL 18, 2010

Four young men have been killed in separate, unrelated shootings in unincorporated areas of Eden Township in the past two months.

Four Minors Charged with San Lorenzo Murder

The first slaying occurred in San Lorenzo Village on Saturday, February 13 in front of the San Lorenzo Community Park. At about 8:54 p.m. 18-year-old Jesus Diaz was shot in his car near via Carmen and via Coretta while he tried to drive away from an attempted robbery by four teenagers.

According to sheriff's investigators, the four teenage suspects were in a car that stopped near Diaz's parked car. Three passengers -- two 15-year-olds from San Leandro and a 14-year-old from San Lorenzo -- walked toward Diaz, while the driver, a 17-year-old San Lorenzo boy, remained in the car.

When Diaz refused to cooperate with the teens' demands, one of the 15-year-old boys shot him. Diaz, a San Leandro resident, was able to drive a short distance after being shot, but crashed into a house on Bockman Road. He was taken to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley where he died.

The four teens involved in the robbery were quickly arrested based on information given by witnesses. All four face charges of murder as well as numerous other criminal charges.

Killing in Ashland District

On March 24 Davon Mays-Brewster was fatally wounded in a parking lot at 16304 East 14th Street near 163d Avenue. Witnesses reported that a van left the lot shortly after shots were fired. A California Highway Patrol officer spotted what appeared to be the vehicle and followed it to Tropic Court off Lewelling Blvd. According to sheriff's deputies, at least two people ran from the car and were not captured. The 19-year-old died at Eden Medical Center.

A "person of interest" in the killing has been arrested and is reportedly cooperating with investigators. San Jose resident Aaron Edwards was arrested for a parole violation and taken to the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.

Two Senseless Killings in Cherryland District

On March 25 a 21-year-old Hayward resident, Brian Anderson, was shot in the 300 block of Laurel Avenue in the unincorporated Cherryland District. He later died in hospital. A spokesman for the county sheriff, Sgt. J.D. Nelson, said investigators have not hit on a motive for Anderson's killing.

On March 31 a 19-year-old San Lorenzo man, Joseph Ayala, was found bleeding from gunshot wounds by sheriff's deputies on Meekland Avenue near Sunset Blvd. shortly after 1:30 a.m. The scene was only a few blocks from Laurel Avenue where Anderson had been found. Ayala was pronounced dead at the scene of the crime.

Ayala was a 2009 graduate of Arroyo High School in San Lorenzo. He was working as a waiter while attending Chabot College in Hayward.

Sgt. Nelson said the two killings do not appear to be related.